Comcast Awards $54,000 in Scholarships to Connecticut High School Seniors
HARTFORD, Conn., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 45 Connecticut high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment programs, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
Comcast, joined by State Senators Gary LeBeau and Robert Kane, State Representatives Brian Becker, Christie Carpino, James Crawford, Matthew Lesser, Robert Sampson, John Thompson and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held today at the Connecticut State Capitol. Forty-four of the 2012 Connecticut Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships and one lucky student was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $54,000 awarded in Connecticut this year.
“I would like to congratulate all of the scholarship winners and thank the Comcast Foundation for recognizing the achievements of some of our state’s brightest young minds,” said Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “I encourage our winners to continue to engage both academics and civic involvement with the enthusiasm they have demonstrated to this point in their academic career.”
“Comcast has a vested interest in providing our youth with opportunities to excel and succeed in a highly competitive higher education landscape and job market,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut. “We commend these students for their outstanding achievements, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
Since the program’s inception there have been over 17,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $17.2 million. A list of the scholarship recipients in Connecticut is detailed below.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities — promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $108 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
About Comcast Cable
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2012 Connecticut Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients
First Name Last Name Hometown High School ---------- --------- -------- ----------- Pooja Agrawal West Hartford Hall High School Tessa Bloomquist Branford Hopkins School Rebecca Borovsky Burlington Lewis S. Mills High School Fabio Caetano Waterbury Waterbury Arts Magnet School Alex Cannata Higganum Haddam-Killingworth High School Lily Cannon West Hartford Conard High School Sarah Chapell Westbrook Westbrook High School Jillian DiTota Wallingford Mark T. Sheehan High School Elias Gharios Pawcatuck Stonington High School Jasmin Gonzalez New Haven High School In The Community Damon Gray Portland Portland High School Daniel Haugh Farmington Farmington High School Erin Hillis Derby Sacred Heart Academy Elizabeth Iorio North Stonington Wheeler High School Macaire Jones Danbury Danbury High School Cieara Juliano East Hampton East Hampton High School Cody Laplante New Britain New Britain High School Zachary LaVigne Durham Coginchaug Regional High School Juan Lluberes Guilford Guilford High School Jenna Luck Bolton Bolton High School Kenrick Mattison Bloomfield Bloomfield High School Elizabeth May Windsor Windsor High School Aurelien McHenold Hartford Classical Magnet School Brian Michalka Bethel Bethel High School Christian Murphy West Hartford Northwest Catholic High Hiachira Nieves Manchester A. I. Prince V-T School Patrick O'Dell Beacon Falls Woodland Regional High School Catherine Oidtman Old Lyme Mercy High Stephanie Orts Seymour Seymour High School Tullio Ossa Hamden Notre Dame High School Kyle Packnick Shelton Shelton High School Marcus Pugliese Bolton Kingswood Oxford School Alex Pugnali Bloomfield Metropolitan Learning Center April Regan Wallingford Lyman Hall High School Elliot Rogers Simsbury Simsbury High School Samantha Rosenbaum Derby New Haven Academy Kyla Sead West Haven Hill Regional Career High School Micala Smith Baltic Academy of the Holy Family Dylan Stempel Ivoryton Valley Regional High School Carolann Terry Norwich Norwich Technical High School Dashauna Tyson New Haven Riverside Educational Academy Erin Ward Wolcott Wolcott High School Alexander Weiner Ellington Ellington High School Victor Wu Durham Xavier High Gowtham Yenduri East Lyme East Lyme High School
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